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India PM to visit T&T for CSME meeting

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
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India Prime Minister Narendra Moody

India Prime Minister Narendra Moody will visit Trinidad and Tobago in December.

The brief disclosure was made by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley while in Guyana yesterday, as he spoke to the media after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Guyana President Brigadier David Granger.

Speaking to the Guyana media after the signing in Georgetown Guyana, Rowley said the issue of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) which was raised by Guyana two years ago at a CARICOM meeting, had remained on the agenda and “treated with such seriousness and urgency that it has formed the basis for a unique development,” which is that Trinidad and Tobago will host a meeting of the heads in December.

That meeting, Rowley said, is to be held from December 3rd to 4th and will deal only with the Caribbean Single Market and Economy.

Rowley said, “We have come to a point and a place in time where we are now being forced by circumstances in the region and outside the region, to accept that we need to address this issue with some deeper concern and some may say with finality.

“We anticipate as an impetus that the presence of Prime Minister Moody from India as a visitor and supporter of the efforts of CARICOM should make the most of that development.”

Asked by a reporter about the 1990 Maritime Delimitation Boundary with Guyana, Rowley said Trinidad and Tobago stands “fully behind the position of Guyana with respect to its differences with Venezuela.”

Granger said Trinidad and Tobago has always had a long and fruitful relationship with Guyana.

“From a strategic point of view, Trinidad and Tobago always supported Guyana in its rejection of the territorial claim by Venezuela,” he said.

Apart from the MOU on energy, the two leaders and their ministerial teams also discussed issues of agriculture, sport, youth and security.

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